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Challenge call technicality helps Houston, hurts Ravens

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Challenge call technicality helps Houston, hurts Ravens

A mix-up -- or technicality -- in the Houston-Detroit game involving a challenge flag helped the Texans rally for an overtime win, something that hurt the Ravens on Thanksgiving Day.

Detroit was leading by 10 in the third quarter when Houston's Justin Forsett broke free for an 81-yard touchdown run. Forsett's leg appeared to hit the ground midway through it. Detroit coach Jim Schwartz threw a challenge flag and, according to Associated Press, "negated the automatic review by challenging the play and was called for unsportsmanlike conduct." The penalty was for throwing the challenge flag when the coach isn't allowed to do so.

That's why there was no review of the play, and the touchdown stood. The Texans bounced back and pulled out a 34-31 overtime win.

The victory improved Houston's record to 10-1. A loss would have given the Ravens a chance to tie them for the AFC's top spot with a win Sunday in San Diego. The Texans only have five games left now, which could make it harder for the Ravens to catch and pass them since Houston's got the tie-breaker between the two teams.

The AP story said Schwartz was telling the Lions on the sidelines that the mistakes was his fault, and no matter who's to blame, it handed Houston six points and sparked the comeback. Detroit had a chance to win in overtime but missed a field goal. 

The technicality of this rule in Detroit winds up hurting the Ravens in Baltimore. Detroit still had plenty of time to bounce back and win the game, but the Lions just were not able to do it. Schwartz clearly would like that one back. 

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Watch Ravens receiver Willie Snead propose to his girlfriend

Watch Ravens receiver Willie Snead propose to his girlfriend

Willie Snead isn't afraid of big moments. Whether it's making a key catch on third down to keep a drive alive, or extending his block to spring a big run, he's always in the right place at the right time.

He's also not afraid to go to his knees to make a catch. Or, it turns out, to pop the question. 

Snead took advantage of his time at home to propose to his girlfriend, getting down on one knee during a Frozen-themed birthday party.

Much like his quarterback Lamar Jackson, Snead also seems to prefer the flip-flop look during the offseason, which has to be more comfortable than cleats. And of course, it would be easy to miss Snead in the video without his trademark hair.

The Ravens receiver caught 31 passes for 339 yards and five touchdowns in 2019, and is signed through the 2020 season.

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Ravens make stadium lights red, white and blue to honor front-line workers

Ravens make stadium lights red, white and blue to honor front-line workers

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Ravens shifted from their signature purple stadium lights to show the front-line workers how much they appreciate what they're doing.

The incredible gesture is just one of many by the organization.

The Ravens and The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation combined to support four non-profits and have donated $1 million to help aid the fight against coronavirus, the team revealed in a statement on March 20. 

The four organizations are the Fund for Educational Excellence, the United Way of Central Maryland, the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Maryland Food Bank.

"We want to help those in our community who are most affected by the COVID-19 crisis," Ravens president Dick Cass said, according to a statement through the team. "We chose to donate through these four organizations because we are confident they will apply our funds quickly and directly to people in need.”

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